Robin Ashford

Robin Ashford, MS

Assistant Professor | Senior Librarian

Digital Learning, Research & Instruction Librarian


Office: Portland Center Library & Online

It’s a pleasure to work at George Fox University, and to be part of the Department of Professional Studies team. I have been with the George Fox community for almost 20 years, the last 11 in my current position.

I started at Fox in 1995 and earned my bachelor’s degree from the adult degree program that I began in 1999. I left the university after starting my graduate degree, returning in 2007. I thoroughly enjoy working with students online and in person at the Portland Center.

Academic Background

MS, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

BA, Management & Organizational Leadership, George Fox University

Expertise and Research Interests

I currently serve as the librarian liaison for the School of Education, Graduate School of Counseling, and the Department of Professional Studies at George Fox University. In addition, I serve as project manager for the university Open Textbook Initiative and the library’s Textbook Affordability Program. I also teach online as an adjunct at George Fox. I’m looking forward to teaching my ongoing course, Developing a Professional Online Identity, again in Spring 2018.

My research interests include: Emerging Technologies, Higher Education, Academic Libraries, Mobile Devices, Educational Technology, Social Media, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Wearables, Open Educational Resources, The Amazon Effect, Future of Work, Google, Apple, Chocolate…

Outside the Classroom

I have two grown children and enjoy living, working, hiking and volunteering in beautiful Portland, Oregon, USA.